Urban Planning, BSP

Do you want to shape how our cities, states and communities operate; how people navigate the globe; and how cities are planned for success? Learn about future-changing strategies like alternative transportation, housing diversity and urban revitalization. When entering the job market, you'll have access to the support of a rich professional network.

Program Description

The urban planning program introduces students to issues faced by urban areas and the tools necessary to address them. Urban planners guide communities in making wise decisions about their use of land and resources.

The BSP program in urban planning provides students with expertise in both the analysis and the synthesis of the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape urban and regional development. Planning encompasses:

  • computer and research methods
  • environmental impact assessment
  • geographic information systems
  • housing
  • landscape architecture and urban design
  • planning and zoning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • transportation
  • urban and development economics
  • utilities

Students take courses that include:

  • comprehensive planning
  • computer and analytical methods
  • planning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • site planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • urban design

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of urban planning pursue career opportunities with private planning firms and governmental planning agencies, mainly at the city level, but also with county, state and federal entities. Some planners elect to pursue graduate degrees to develop specialty skills and enhance their opportunities for career advancement.

The urban planning degree, especially when combined with a focus on geographic information science, gives graduates an advantage in careers that combine urban planning with GIS and in other jobs dealing with urban issues, including:

  • comprehensive and long-range planning
  • economic development planning
  • housing issues
  • planning law
  • public participation in the planning process
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • sustainable planning
  • transportation

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Commercial Real Estate Associate

  • Growth: 0.2%
  • Median Salary*: $59,660

Environmental Restoration Planner

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEO Officer)

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $71,100
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $63,980

Landscape Architect

  • Growth: -2.4%
  • Median Salary*: $70,630
Green Occupation


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Real Estate Broker

  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $60,370

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $71,100
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Transportation Planner

  • Growth: 0.8%
  • Median Salary*: $87,260
Green Occupation

Urban Planner

  • Growth: 11.0%
  • Median Salary*: $75,950
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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